Aquarium Long Island Aquarium

Aquarium Long Island Aquarium, 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901, United States: 220 reviews of users and employees, detailed information about the address, opening hours, location on the map, attendance, photos, menus, phone number and a huge amount of other detailed and useful information
Aquarium Long Island Aquarium
Address: 431 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901, United States
Website: longislandaquarium.com
Phone number: +1 631-208-9200 ext. 426

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Reviews

Selin Susoy
The price is worth it. Tons to see, but if you're not careful you just might miss it. Check every area of the aquarium it's bigger than it looks especially outside. There's a butterfly exhibit and they also have diving with the sharks and also stingray petting. That to me was awesome. They seem pretty friendly. Have fun! ????❤????????????????‍♀️????‍♂️
5 months ago
KDM
This rating is done in 2021 and highly based on their handling of new protocols. Their new policy states that you must buy tickets ahead of time and slots fill up quick and yet when I arrived, during a school recess it was packed more than I had ever seen it in previous years. I'm not really afraid or worried of it being busy but considering all the restrictions in buying tickets I was expecting it to be a little more spaced out not crammed in. And because of the ticket buying experience and not knowing how restrictive it would be ahead of time we were forced to buy tickets for 3 p.m. slot when they close at 5 as nothing else was available the day before. This made my family and I feel incredibly rushed. Also they now tell you where you can go and what you can do and what order. My son was so excited to see the Stingrays and we have been talking about it all day but when we arrived they told us we had to see the Stingrays last. We maneuvered to the right as requested and did things in order but once again I felt as though we had to keep it moving because we were going to miss out. Ultimately we ended up not having time to see the sea lion show if we wanted to see the butterflies. Finally by the end when we reach the Stingrays they were out of food because it was the end of the day. Another disappointment. Then we get to the butterfly and bird area only to be told that they no longer have the birds that you can feed. We are not told this before purchasing the extra ticket to get into that area. We were not told that on the website before arriving. It was another let-down and frankly I don't think the butterfly room is worth the additional cost. Ultimately this is the only aquarium on Long Island and so we will probably go again as long as my children are still interested. The kids had a nice time and it was a nice family day out however I don't enjoy the new tactics of the aquarium at all. Not to mention the "mask" policy is in violation of Discrimination against Disabilities Act. The executive order states that masks should be worn by persons over two who are medically able to do so while not able to maintain a distance of 6 feet. "Medically able"! On the website it says if you cannot wear a mask, unfortunately even with a medical exemption, you are not welcome at their facility. That is straight up discrimination. I hope somebody Sue's this place class action. They are not providing special times or any other accommodations they simply say we don't want disabled people at our facility. This action makes me feel disgusted, not safer.
6 months ago
Pavithra Suresh
It was ok...we loved the tank in the front with the sting rays that you can feed (for an extra $3 for 4 tiny fish) and pet and that's about it...not worth the $117 for 2 adults and 1 child.
4 months ago
Bonnie Lo
This is genuinely my 1st time ever writing a review, but this experience can not go unsaid. Dealing with Long Island Aquarium was the most unprofessional unfulfilled experience I've had to endure in a very long time, and to make matters worse, I had to travel 3hrs from upstate New York with my wife 2 sons and 6 month old daughter. I purchased my ticket online (and I am someone that LOVES to confirm before leaving my house) I called Long Island Aquarium for 3 days, each time with an automated message saying someone will get back to me in the next business day, which in of itself is mind-boggling, but irregardless never happened. So now I am leaving my house usable to confirm my reservation and the additional events I want my kids to experience (boat ride, pictures with the seal etc...) I get there and the main attraction that bought to the Aquarium the shark dive is unavailable, the purchased of the additional events for kids weren't added to my voucher, and with no instructions you have to be lucky you're able to catch the penguin and seal showing because of of unorganized the facility operates. So after feeding the stingrays which im happy my kids were able to enjoy, now at the very least now we can relish on that for the 3hr car ride back home.
4 months ago
carolyn miller
First time visiting the LI aquarium. I'm from Queens so the only aquarium I've been to is the New York aquarium at Coney Island. I loved the long island one. It was huge and I loved how everything was set up - almost like a museum. Lots of cool fish and water animals and many other types of animals as well. Didn't make it to the sea lion show but it's pretty amazing that you can pet manta rays there! First time doing that and it was incredible. Also, for the sharks they have the metal cage where you can go under water and see them. I'm too scared to do that but amazing that an aquarium actually offers that. We ended the aquarium with the butterfly exhibition which was so pretty. $40 is a lot for an adult ticket but at least it gives you access to all that the aquarium offers!
5 months ago
Randi Sharp
Been coming here since I was a little girl (when it was still called Atlantis). It’s become such a popular spot, with even more exhibits than when I first came. The staff is very friendly and informative. It’s also right on the water so it really adds to the aquatic theme. Had my sister’s first birthday here as well and it was magical! My all-time favorite aquarium/zoo, it’s definitely worth a long trip from Queens because there’s great restaurants & wineries nearby as well.
9 months ago
Otis k
This is my favorite place on Earth! I would come there every day if I could. I went on Sunday 5/23/21 and I had a very positive experience with Jeffery (I hope that’s how you spell his name) in the butterfly room. For about the past year, I’ve been obsessed with Animal Crossing and I was hoping to see some recognizable buddies while there so I asked him about a butterfly that I thought was one from the game, he knew immediately why I was asking and went out of his way to find the moth I was talking about and even showed me others that he thought I might like. I thank him for that day since he made my experience so much better!
5 months ago
Jerry Joyner
This was a lot of fun. It looks weird from the outside,. It once you are in, it is a great little aquarium. The shark exhibit was really cool. There are little exhibit building scattered around the property to help keep people spread out and moving. The butterfly pavilion was particularly awesome!!
4 months ago
Vanessa Dawn
Awesome place for the whole family to go visit all year round. From marine life to terrestrial animal, and all the way to bird’s wings. There are so many things to explore. It’s full of educational purpose as well! It’s amazing to see that world is full of all kinds of beautiful and amazing creatures!
7 months ago
Debra Aparo
Nice aquarium but only had one sanitizing station in the whole place. I bought my ticket on line for a senior Thursday discount but that option was not available so I paid full price! When I arrived they said they would issue a refund. I'm still waiting for it!
5 months ago
Stacie Andreyeva
Place was awesome it was a nice clean environment . My kids had so much fun !!????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
4 months ago
Marj Walker
Nice place to visit with a variety of marine life. Kids like the sea lion show and the penguins. Beautiful butterfly room and polite Crew. The annual membership is worth it if you're going to visit more than twice a year.
9 months ago
Brad Krause
Very enthusiastically enjoyed myself here!! So many things to do and see, and all staff is extremely friendly. Special shout-out to Evan who was vastly knowledgeable about all the insects in the butterfly section, as well as his informative otter talk. Much love to this place!
5 months ago
Leo Betancourt
A great place to spend an afternoon with your family. Standard aquarium fare, plenty of animal shows and feeding opportunities, butterfly room, birds, etc. Free municipal parking within walking distance.
6 months ago
Varkeo Kooze
If you’re ever in New York make sure to visit Long Island Aquarium. You can shark dive in this aquarium which is an awesome feature because I don’t know many aquarium’s were they allow people to shark dive. This was the cleanest and most welcoming aquarium i’ve ever been to. Also, they keep their animals well feed and I have nothing negative to say about this aquarium. I would like to thank the staff and personally thank Julianna for educating me, my family, and other people on educating us about sharks and giving us a shark tour. I would also like to thank Sharon for making the shark dive exciting and also really safe for me and my parents. I couldn’t ask for or imagine a better way to spend a weekend and day then at the Long Island Aquarium.
5 months ago
SHAHID MAHMOOD
Deffinately a place to go with kids. Covid safe. The sea lion show is always the best part. Tickets and food are a bit pricy. The overall experience is worth it.
4 months ago
Idan F
With ticket prices at $23 per person, a visit to the aquarium is a financial commitment. We are a family with three adults and one toddler, so this adventure cost us close to $100. Parking is free, which is nice. Aquariums are costly and even a small aquarium is better than no aquarium and that is why I give LIA three stars. The fish seem as happy as fish in tanks can be. There are not a lot of tanks, however. And the outdoor area seems to be grasping - there is a precious gem mining station, for example. My toddler liked it a lot, but what it has to do with fish was not clear to me. And the monkeys. Why are there monkeys? And there is the second shortcoming of the LIA. Besides being small, it is short on educational resources. The signs that introduce each tank and its occupants are short on meaningful information. We are in Washington, DC at least half the year, and so we have the Baltimore Aquarium, which is the same price and roughly four times the size. I really used to resent having to pay for parking, but that was before I had the LIA to compare it to.
7 months ago
byron livermore
We went yesterday and loved it! We are originally from GA and this aquarium was much larger than the GA aquarium in Atl. They have indoor and outdoor exhibits: sharks, Japanese monkeys, porcupines, sting rays (touch pool), butterfly exhibit. Was worth the $40/adult admission (they do offer military, AAA, green key, and otherr discounts). Highly recommend!!
4 months ago
Jessica Thompson
Good place to take the kids, adopt a seal or turtle before you exit. We saw the sea lion show and it was pleasant to see them treated well. Noticed you can pet the sting rays, feed a few different types of fish or turtles. They offer a shark tank dive in the shark pool and signs stated snorkling towards another exhibit. Due to the off season a couple of exhibits were not open. We still enjoyed our visit. They off numerous shows throughout the day so you could possibly spend all day there.
6 months ago
Mahamed Mohamud
For a cost of $35 per ticket, going with a large family makes the prices unreasonably expensive. The aquarium is much smaller then expected with very limited things to do. The best attraction has to be the seal show which barely lasts 10 minutes and being able to touch the stingrays and see sharks. But other then that, the cost does not justify the expense.
7 months ago
Cindi Lee
Perfect day for the kids and there's plenty of space to social distance. Wear comfortable shoes!
4 months ago
Dilraj Singh
Purchase a membership so I could save some money on a repeat visit and glad I did bc it was a great time. Parking is far and a bit pricy in their lot which isnt much of a lot and we were lucky someone left so we could get a spot since we went later in the afternoon. The crowds were okay, the shark feeding was cool and I enjoyed the sea lion show.
4 months ago
Naman Jadaun
Truly enjoyed the aquarium... With penguins and butterflies... But don't eat their food!!
4 months ago
Paul Sindberg
Very cute aquarium. I visited during the pandemic. You reserve an entrance time online so there’s not too many people. They also have clearly marked directions for the flow of pedestrian traffic. The shark exhibit is very nice. The River otter was very active. The sea Lion show is very cute. Good place to spend an hour or two.
10 months ago
Liz Hollinshead
Perfect for kids in strollers. My 1 y.o son was able to see everything. Everything was at his height or within his view. We had a great time. Outside is beautiful too
6 months ago
Wesley Thiessen
Great place for the kids,so much to see . My family went there recently and enjoyed the outdoors and indoor attractions.
6 months ago
Basant Sandhu
I had some time to kill in Riverhead so spent 90 minutes at the aquarium. Well worth it. Its not a large place, but there is a lot to do. The staff is caring and the animals and fish are well taken care of. A nice mixed of exhibits, shows and stations. Great for children and adults alike, I would recommend it!
10 months ago
Caitlin Goncalves
Took my daughter here for the 1st time for her 2nd birthday. Loved it. Had a great time. Only thing wrong was when it came time to see the sea lion show.... They had chalk where people were supposed to sit but no one listened and sat wherever they wanted and was on top of everyone. I was so uncomfortable we left and didn't see the show.
7 months ago
corey hamilton
The aquarium is wonderful, as usual...however, they clearly state that with social distance there are fewer people admitted to the aquarium. That is not true. It was extremely crowded with people not following social distance or arrows directing flow of traffic. It was very uncomfortable. The lunch room also upped prices...two hot dogs and a pretzel cost $25!! Bring your own food. Disappointed that social distance was not enforced.
7 months ago
Jenniffer Hurlburt
I love going to the aquarium. As a matter of fact every time I visit a city that’s the very first thing I do , I visit the aquarium. The last time I’ve been here was 2 years ago and now this year. It is a wonderful place to be, the displays and the information is great. The sea lion show at the aquarium was pleasant. Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 lots of stores are closed to the public. They did take all the precautions to insure safety. I didn’t give it 5 stars because the aquarium needs an upgrade and lots of things were closed off this time to the public.
3 months ago
jim deck
Felt bad about the small penguin enclosure. They also rehabilitate injured animals which is a big thumbs up. I think, zoos should be more like sanctuaries and less like exhibition centers.
7 months ago
Edward Simmons
Fun as always. Bit run down after a tough year, but adding new exhibits.
4 months ago
Google User
There is a lot to like but the place is only good for 2 hours. At $165 for a family of 5 it is hard to justify. They really need to modernize and enhance the experience. The highlight is petting the rays and the butterflies.
6 months ago
Corey Vaughn
Staff friendly and helpful. Organized, clean facility.
5 months ago
Sylvia Garcia
Great for family and kids. Price includes sea lion shows. There's a butterfly room, mining adventure, otter feeding, penguin and monkey exhibit and boat tour. We saw that there now offer snorkeling and other outdoor activities but were closed the time we went. (We went in fall) . Can't wait to go back next summer!
6 months ago
Yasmina Debbab
Clean, safe environment. Kids had a blast. Food reasonably priced. Arrows and ropes helped with crowd control. Had a great day with the family.
6 months ago
Terrance H
Very nice exhibits of fish, sharks, penguins, sea lions etc.. I think the sea lion show was the best!
6 months ago
PANCHO LLENADO
I wouldve loved to have given it 5 stars with the wonderful animals to see and how great the aquarium is but nobody is around enforcing rules especially during a time like this. So many people with masks off or under their nose and nobody said anything. I totally get its frustrating but its to keep one another safe , when you go with family just double mask or anything to keep yourself safe !
6 months ago
r rey
It was gun and my class had fun.
4 months ago
Rhonda Thomas
Amazing yet again they always out do them self on each visit
10 months ago
Olga Bychkova
Good place to bring your family during this pandemic just to have a breather. Social distancing is being practiced here, so be patient. When buying the tickets, they are sold in time slot. The aquarium is a bit on the smaller size, you can probably finish in 2 hours, unless you waited for all the shows and feeding. Some areas are outdoor, bring an umbrella or poncho if rain is expected. No on site parking. We parked on a residential street a block away. A bit pricey, you do get in for free a week prior and after your birthday.
3 months ago
jeff tiensivu
The aquarium is small, but my kids had a blast. Not many big ticket exhibits, but there were a lot of hands on experiences. We came during Memorial day weekend, I thought they missed out by not having some things own for the first big season holiday; like the outdoor ice cream shop. Some of the hands on exhibits were stingrays, crabs, sea urchins, butterflies, birds and the best one spider crabs. You can walk into a shallow pool if you are tall enough and actually hold the crabs, horseshoe crabs and conch ( I think they were conch). The staff are very friendly, with the exception of one girl in the aviary with a sour face. Loved the butterfly exhibit, there were also some interesting spiders and insects. Now the food court, just don't. It is horrible! If you have no choice you can grab a salad, pack of apples or sugary yogurt. There is a snow cone machine right outside of the food court that's decent. Like I said it's a great place for the kids they will have a blast. But it's good to know before you go.
7 months ago
Terry Green
This is the second time I go there and it is great. Not a big place but it has lots to see and do. Definitely recommend the boat tour its worth it. If you ask me if its worth the visit I say yes go for it. You will have have fun
2 months ago
Marina Reni
Its always fun to bring the kids to the LIA. I just wished they posted show times better and the bathrooms were more plentiful. The prices are a bit steep too but check with your local library for discount tickets!
5 months ago
Bruce Cutcliffe
First visit to an aquarium and let me say i was not disappointed! The staff were on point and knew their info. The aquatic life was interesting and sometimes really exotic. If you have children this aquarium is a must see as they would have a blast.
8 months ago
Kyle Kruse
The kids really enjoy coming here. It's good for about 1-2hrs of entertainment. We visit usually once a year.
6 months ago
Natalie Cochran
I had little expectations before coming here, because I did not plan the trip and I had simply tagged along. But this place is surprisingly good, hosting all the usual suspects of the cacophony of tropical fish, a huge shark tank, sting ray petting, and sea lion shows. Also, they have a bonus butterfly zoo, which reminded me of the butterfly place at Singapore Changi Airport, only larger. One small note though; they are super lax with social distancing, with the sea lion amphitheater filled to the brim and people bumping into each other in the butterfly zoo. I would recommend waiting until COVID19 dies down.
6 months ago
Carey Haskell
Zero, and I mean zero social distancing and crowd control. I left at 2 pm and there were still 100 people waiting on line to get in, yet when I called I had to make a reservation. The seal show we sat shoulder to shoulder. Thankfully everyone was fully masked! But still and all there was no restriction on the number of people. NONE! Restaurants, theaters, sporting venues 25% or 50% but not the Aquarium, 100% or better!
6 months ago
Mark Wynne
Visited the aquarium several years ago. The enclosure set ups were gorgeous!!! And I can tell that the animals were taken great care there.
7 months ago
Ups Freight
One of the best aquariums around. Sealion shows, themed exhibits, cafe, and outdoor exhibits as well. Wonderful for children
5 months ago

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